Rock’n the Bayou

Rock out with the second annual Rock’n the Bayou at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The lineup includes Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle with the Artimus Pyle Band, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Foreigner founding member Lou Gramm and headlining act Starship with Mickey Thomas.

Legendary pro wrestler Ric Flair, known as the "Nature Boy," will be taking photos with fans and signing autographs.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $45 at the door, available at

Kanji Klub

Ascension Parish Library’s Kanji Klub for ages 18 and older gathers at 6 p.m. Monday at the Gonzales Branch.

Members will watch “Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror Shamballa” and braid kumihimo bracelets. Kumihimo, a popular craft, means “gathering of threads” in Japanese.

Library fun

Ascension Parish Library's summer reading programs offer a variety of events for youths of all ages.

BUBBLE TROUBLE: Jeff Boyer’s one-man bubble extravaganza with comedy, music and interactive bubble magic; 10:30 a.m. June 21 at Donaldsonville, 2 p.m. June 21 at Galvez, 10:30 a.m. June 22 at Dutchtown and 2 p.m. June 22 at Gonzales. For all ages.

NIGHT OUT WITH DAD: Put on PJs and bring dad for a story, indoor snowball fight, fort building and board games; 6 p.m. June 21, Donaldsonville. Call (225) 473-8052 to register. For prekindergarten through first grade.

JINGLE STICKS: Create simple musical instruments from wooden dowels, chenille stems and jingle bells; 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Donaldsonville. For prekindergarten through first grade.

DINO DIG: Dig for fossils in sand, create dinosaurs from clay and make dinosaur etchings; 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dutchtown. For children entering kindergarten through second grade.

OLD SCHOOL FUN: Create an optical illusion toy called a thaumatrope, followed by game time with the tissue dance; 10:30 a.m. June 22, Donaldsonville. For children entering kindergarten through second grade.

BUCKET DRUMS: Make some noise by playing bucket-and-stick drums in the library; 10:30 a.m. Monday, Gonzales and 10:30 a.m. June 22, Galvez. For children entering grades two through five.

DOMINO ROCKS: Learn to play dominoes with classic tiles and create dominoes from everyday items; 3:30 p.m. Monday, Donaldsonville. For children entering grades two through five.

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: Listen to a funny story before playing in the rock, paper, scissors tournament: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Donaldsonville. For children entering grades two through five.

NERF WARS: Nerf guns and ammo will be provided for a fast-paced competition; 3:30 p.m., Dutchtown. For tweens entering grades four to eight.

MAKEY MAKEY: Play games and music with Makey Makey technology; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Galvez. For tweens entering grades four to eight.

GUITAR GEAR: Make bracelets and earrings from recycled guitar parts; 4 p.m. Monday, Galvez and 6 p.m. June 21, Dutchtown. For teens entering grades six to 12.

CUPCAKE WARS: The library will provide cupcakes for decorating in a tasty competition; 4 p.m. Monday, Dutchtown. For teens entering grades six to 12.

TEEN SPA DAY: Learn about healing with rock crystals, make a salt scrub and paint fingernails to look like rocks; 4 p.m. Tuesday, Donaldsonville and 6 p.m. June 21, Gonzales. For teens entering grades six to 12.

GREEN SCREEN ANTICS: Bring ideas, props and some friends and use green screen technology to create fun photos; 4 p.m. Wednesday, Galvez. For teens entering grades six to 12.

Undercover agent

Baton Rouge native Charlie Spillers visits the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a tell-all of his 10 years as an undercover agent.

He worked for the Baton Rouge Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, dealing with a range of criminals before becoming a federal prosecutor and justice attaché for Iraq. He also worked as an attorney-adviser to the Iraqi High Tribunal.

After the presentation, he will sell and sign copies of his book, “Confessions of an Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls, and the Toll of a Double Life.”

To register, call (225) 647-3955.

Small business seminar

Ascension Parish Library is offering a free small business seminar at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Gonzales Branch.

Learn how to determine the feasibility of a business and how to obtain a small business loan. The presenter will be a senior business consultant with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University.

Advance registration is required by calling (225) 647-3955.

Movie night

Enjoy a special screening of “9 to 5,” starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda at 5:30 p.m. June 26 at the Donaldsonville Branch of Ascension Parish Library.

Advance registration is recommended. Call (225) 473-8052.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1996; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.